Mantras are formulas of sound that can alter your mind’s patterns. Whether you want to break a habit, help your body and mind to heal, or even become prosperous – there’s a mantra for that!
The science of Naad is based on the experience of how sound vibrations affect the body, mind and spirit through the movement of the tongue and corresponding changes in the brain’s chemicals.
The roof of the mouth has 84 meridian points, and the movement of the tongue stimulates these points like a keyboard gives signals to a computer. The hypothalamus is the ‘computer,’ receiving the patterns of sound and correspondingly instructing chemical messengers throughout the brain and body. This adjusts the endocrine system and metabolism to create a neutral balanced mind and strengthens immune function, helping to conquer depression, enhance intelligence, intuition and compassion. Even if you do not know the meaning of the words you chant, a mantra can still have the desired effect.
Naam means vibrational identity; what you vibrate, you become. Everything is vibrating. Situations, people and events respond to the signals you send out. Through chanting, you can expand your sensitivity and learn to direct your mind in order to attract desirable circumstances in your life.
Rhythm, projection, pronunciation, and speaking from the navel are important when chanting. Jappa, which is conscious, conscientious recitation aloud, is the most beneficial way to use mantra and eventually lead to the stage of ajappa jap, which is ‘repeating without repeating’ (when the desired state becomes your natural default state, and your intuition and inner strength are developed to a high degree).
The Sikhs’ scripture, the Siri Guru Granth Sahib, is an encoded form of the technology of sound, which allows us to program our mind and body to resonate with the Infinite. Though the patterns were laid down by Guru Nanak, the first of the ten Sikh Gurus, the scripture was in fact a collaborative effort which involved the work of people from many other religions and traditions. Chanting mantras is not to be deemed as religious. It is pure science.
Examples of mantras include ‘seed’ mantras, which plant a seed of sound in your unconscious and are often very powerful in helping you to change your habits for the better, for instance Sat Nam; Har; and Ong So Hung.
Ashtang mantra are 8 part mantras which can aid in stimulating and directing Kundalini energy with their rhythm, such as Ek Ong Kar Sat Naam Siri Wahe Guru; and Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung.
Spirit Voyage offer a wide range of mantra music. I encourage you to experience the magical power of sound.
Be aware also that you use mantras every day, whether aloud or in your mind, repeating phrases such as ‘I’m tired,’ ‘I’m stressed,’ ‘I don’t have enough time/money’… if these are your mantras then they will inevitably become your reality! Be very conscious of the words you speak and think. Your word is your most powerful tool.